Overview

Human Trafficking is a global issue and is an active industry worldwide. The United States is a key enabler for human trafficking from other countries; but an equal number of victims are United States citizens that have fallen prey to those in the business of human trafficking.2,4,6 This crime transcends all races, social classes, demographics and gender. Human trafficking involves many facets including sex trade, domestic work, labor trade/bonded labor, debt bondage, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers, forced marriage and organ trafficking. Human trafficking is motivated by greed and devoid of respect for human rights. The problems related to human trafficking continue to rise and most human trafficking is never reported making a statistically accurate number of victims unknown.13 These victims suffer in silence, and the trauma in the form of both physical and mental abuse affects the victims’ overall health. Once the victim is fully working in the trafficking world, their average life span is seven years. The victims usually die very early due to disease, stress related issues, suicide and trauma.14,15,19 This course delves into the reasons that human trafficking is a high-income business for traffickers as well as how to identify both victims and the perpetrators within this sub-world. There is a great need for educated healthcare providers to recognize and report offenders of trafficking.

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